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Waverly brewer motivated after floods of 2008


WAVERLY (KWWL) -- We all know the saying 'if life gives you lemons make lemonade.'  One Waverly man has taken that to a different level. Scott Hamerlinck always knew he was going to brew beer, but he never understood the path of which he would get there. His slogan-- if life gives you water, make beer.

Hamerlinck has brewed beer for nearly eight years starting at his home with friends and neighbors.

"We looked online and there was a beer kit. I called my lovely wife Amanda and asked if I could spend a couple bucks on this home brew kit and she said okay," said Hamerlinck.

"At first I thought it was another hobby that he is going to do. He wanted to spend this amount of 200 dollars at the time I thought it was a big deal. Now not so much," said Amanda Hamerlinck.

In the beginning, Hamerlinck started brewing five gallons at a time in his home, but the Floods of 2008 changed his whole plan. The Cedar River destroyed hundreds of homes and Hamerlinck's home was included in the wreckage.

"The plastic tubs full of our stuff we had just brought upstairs floated and tipped over. Oddly the jugs of home brewed beer they didn't budge an inch," said Scott Hamerlinck.

"If life gives you water make beer.  That is what we always say," said Amanda Hamerlinck.

That is exactly what the Hamerlincks did, going from brewing five gallons to 200 gallons.

With three different recipes Hamerlinck is telling his story on every bottle ending each story with how it started, if life gives you water make beer.

"How do we make this something good and I think people get that and want that. That's why I put it on the bottle. I'm not much for lemonade, but I do like beer," said Hamerlinck.

Hamerlinck named his brewing company appropriately Angry Cedar. His next summertime beer will be called Sandbagger.

You can find Angry Cedar at nine different locations throughout Waverly, Cedar Falls, and Waterloo.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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